Home inspections can help you buy or sell your home with confidence. As trained professionals we have seen it all, and we‘ll provide invaluable help in turning you into a knowledgeable consumer. Home owners can identify problems in the making and take preventive measures to avoid costly repairs. Sellers can understand conditions the buyer‘s inspector may point out and put the property in better selling condition by making repairs.
Buyers Home Inspection
In both new and older homes, the best way to ensure that you are well informed about the strengths and weaknesses of a property is to have us give you a professional home inspection. We are trained to identify problem areas both small and large that may have been overlooked by the previous owners and to identify which require immediate attention. See our Inspection Overview for more details.
Sellers Home Inspection
If you are selling a home, you‘ll get the highest price in the shortest time, if your home is in top condition. Almost all sales contracts include a clause regarding the condition of the home called an “inspection contingency“. Buyers will insist on a professional home inspection by an inspector they will hire. If the buyer‘s inspector finds a problem, it can cause the buyer to get cold feet and the deal can often fall. Even the best case scenario when unexpected surprise problems are found can cause delays in closing, sellers paying for last minute repairs, or a renegotiated price on your home.
Something that seems minor to you could present a big problem to a potential buyer, so it’s best to fix and remedy any issues now before they become a problem. Luckily most defects in a home can be easily repaired or replaced, but there are some inspection findings we would suggest doing more investigation on before you list. These are:
If you wait for a BUYER to find items like these, often they can kill the deal before it’s even started. These types of defects usually require additional testing and/or investigation and it’s simply not possible to adequately determine and repair these issues during a contingency or inspection period. The key is you can choose either to correct these issues, or, disclose the defects and sell "as is" and reflect this in the purchase price. Either way, you eliminate contingencies which can slow or stop your sale.
We can inspect pools, hot tubs and spas while running to determine proper operation.
Commercial Building Inspections
Commercial buildings, like homes often have problem areas which have been overlooked by the previous owners. Deferred maintenance tends to be common in these structures. As part of your analytical team, we bring our years of past Building Inspection experience to each assignment. As a former Building Inspector for the City of Sevierville, we know the intricacies of proper commercial construction. Our inspection process includes an Infrared Thermography Scan of the roof area. See information about Infrared Thermography Scans here. Commercial inspection defect data is in-depth, timely and well organized.
New Construction Inspections
In a new home, the quality of construction is often not what it used to be some years ago, therefore many buyers have independent reviews of their properties during various stages of the construction process, including slab, frame, and final inspection. This relatively inexpensive inspection protects your purchase, prevents unpleasant surprises, and ensures the quality home that you‘ve dreamed about.
Most builders provide a one-year warranty for new construction. Generally during this period of time the buyer develops a “punch list“ of corrections for the contractor to repair under the warranty coverage. Some defects will not be obvious to the untrained eye. It is prudent to obtain our home inspectors list of items that will most likely be repaired by your builder at no cost to you. You will be reassured knowing that potential problems were addressed before they grew into something that could cost you a great deal down the road.
Our job as your professional home inspector is to alert you, to the extent possible, to unknown problems and potential environmental hazards in your current or potential house. Ours is a non-invasive visual inspection of your property which can alert you to possible problems. See our Environmental Hazards page for more information.
We inspect for these hazards:
a. Radon: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the U.S. Radon is a threat to health because it tends to collect in homes, sometimes to very high concentrations. We take an accurate measurement to make sure the environment is safe.
b. Water Testing: We can test well water for either Total Coliform or FHA/VA Panel. Our Total Coliform or Bacteria Test can be performed as a "stand alone" test, or, we can perform a more extensive FHA/VA Water Test through a certified laboratory which is required by many lending institutions.
c. Septic Testing: Our test is a “performance based“ dye test. Further evaluation may be desirable to include examining the interior of the tank and its contents, the condition of the piping and baffles, and the underground condition of the percolation areas.
d. Mold Testing: We can go the extra step and perform a water intrusion survey while at the property in addition to a mold test. This water intrusion survey is most helpful in determining what areas of the home need fixing in order to stop a continuing moldiness issue. The mold test can also be used to determine if mold spores are elevated in the air that may not be visible to the naked eye. We can also provide "Clearance Letters" after mold remediation has been performed to determine if the problem has been adequately corrected.
e. Lead Paint Screening: We perform a Lead Screening using the swab test method. This is typically done at the time of a Home Inspection and may be required by some lending institutions.
We have been inspecting and troubleshooting problems in homes for over 20 years. Often homeowners need help with comfort concerns, window condensation, foundation drainage, moisture in the attic and high gas or electric use. Our team is equipped with the experience and skills necessary diagnose and propose solutions to these problems and more.
For more information please call 800.511.4880